I went to a good half-dozen St. Patrick games last season, primarily to watch Kyrie Irving and secondarily to see Michael Gilchrist. I ended up becoming a fan of the program in general, and besides the two players I mentioned, I grew to really like freshman Austin Colbert.
In particular, I watched him against Trenton Catholic in a game Gilchrist missed with an injury, and Colbert was a force off the bench, scoring 11 points as St. PatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t miss a beat. After that game, I talked to Austin for a few minutes and found him to be very gracious with a terrific temperament. (He even put up with me asking him if I could see his St. PatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Jordans.)
Colbert hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t put up big numbers this season as a sophomore, but it doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t mean heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s slipping at all — heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s still a top 10 sophomore in America on most lists — itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s more that he fits a role within the regimented system of the absolutely loaded No. 1 team in the country. We were, however, disappointed not to see very much of Austin against St. Thomas More on Sunday, mostly sitting in favor of freshman Dakari Johnson, who had the requisite size to bang with No. 1 Junior Andre Drummond. AustinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s time will come.
Terry Rains of Blue Devil Nation and I caught up with Austin on Saturday night and talked about what colleges are on his list, his experiences in St. PatrickÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s game vs. Winter Park and Austin Rivers, playing with Michael Gilchrist, and what his goals are for the rest of the year.